• Exit from Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP):

    Districts must wait until ACCESS test scores are available before beginning the exiting process. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has established the following criteria that all districts must adhere to for exiting students from the program.

    • If a student has an overall composite score of at least 4.5 and all four domain scores (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of at least 3.5, that student has met the ACCESS proficiency score and must be exited from the Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP).
    • If a student has an overall composite score of at least 4.5 and three out of four domain scores (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of at least 3.5, that student has met the ACCESS proficiency score. The district must use additional EL Exit Criteria to determine if the student should be exited from the LIEP or kept in the program for additional instruction.
    • If a student has not met the ACCESS proficiency score, the student must continue to receive instruction in an LIEP. The district may not exit that student from the LIEP.

    Minnesota Department of Education Exit Flowchart